Remember the first drink that made you sick? How do you feel about that drink now? For me, that drink is beer and, no matter how many times I try it, I just cannot drink it. So when I heard that Little Creatures, the famous Australian craft beer brewers, were opening in Hong Kong, I didn’t jump up and down in excitement. Then I saw the food menu. Although, naturally, Little Creatures specialises in their award-winning craft beer, the food menu that goes with it offers more than just your average pub grub.
The space, which was once a sugar and flour warehouse, is enormous. They have retained some of the industrial feel, with toweringly high ceilings to fit their five hectolitre brewing tanks – that’s an impressive amount of beer even for a non-beer-drinker! The front part of the space comprises the bar and booth seating, whilst further back there is a 200-seat dining area and expansive open kitchen.
We popped by on a Saturday evening for a glass of Orchard Crush cider and decided to return the following day for brunch. The cider, by the way, is refreshing and delicious, almost like a cloudy apple juice. I can imagine it’s very easy to knock back glass after glass of this stuff. If you are into beer, apparently the Little Creatures Pale Ale, which was first served in their Fremantle, Australia brewery (a former abandoned boat shed and crocodile farm) in 2000, is the one to go for. For the indecisive, they offer a ‘beer tasting paddle’, comprising of six generous glasses of beer to sample for only $100. Little Creatures, if you ever decide to do a cider tasting paddle, I’m there!
The brunch menu is pleasantly concise, offering a good selection of breakfast favourites and some quirky additions. The smoked salmon hash wasn’t quite what we had expected, but was nonetheless delicious. I had envisioned some kind of greasy hash brown, topped with smoked salmon; what we got instead was a much healthier option – diced sweet potato, baby corn and baby asparagus, topped with thick slices of smoked salmon and a fried egg, served in a hot skillet. The menu also mentioned something about chipotle aioli, which seemed to be missing from ours.
The Brewer’s Wrap was a variation on a breakfast burrito, containing bacon, scrambled eggs, avocado, beans and tomatoes, with BBQ sauce and cheese inside a folded, toasted tortilla. The seasoned tomatoes and BBQ sauce gave it a sweet flavour that nicely complemented the salty bacon and I appreciated how the tortilla remained nice and crispy.
To end on a sweet note, we tried the chocolate and almond brownie, which was satisfyingly rich and gooey.
Service at Little Creatures is excellent and prices are very reasonable, with most dishes around the $100 mark. Little Creatures has added a fun vibe to Kennedy Town and, beer drinker or not, I can see this being a regular hang out, whether for a satisfying breakfast, a hearty dinner or just a drink at the bar.
Shop 1, G/F New Fortune House
5A New Praya
Tel: +852 2833 5611